ATASCADERO & TEMPLETON
Atascadero is located in the heart of the Central Coast, offering a blend of natural beauty and rural lifestyle. Its comfortable climate and atmosphere are influenced by the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the West, and also by the Salinas River and open countryside to the East. Local scenery includes oak-studded hills, creeks, and scenic vistas of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Our family orientated, mid-size community has a small-town feel yet is buzzing with new business and a resurging downtown and economy. The Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero Lake and Lake Park, Chalk Mountain Golf Course, and other parks and shopping centers are great places to visit. It is an amalgamation of rolling hills studded with majestic oaks and other mesmerizing flora; historic buildings; homes and ranches, all surrounded by the most colorful visitor vistas and finest wineries in the state. Atascadero offers a variety of local and regional festivals and events, glorious country roads for biking, hiking and horseback riding. In the historic downtown Colony District friendly merchants and tucked-away little cafes provide a unique experience for an afternoon or a weekend. With many housing options and services provided by an incorporated city, Atascadero provides the small town living experience so sought after on the Central Coast.
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Population (2003): 25,742
Incorporated: July 1979
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Templeton is one of San Luis Obispo County’s main wine-making regions and is a popular destination for Western eating establishments as well as fine California cuisine paired with local wines. At an elevation of 721 feet above sea level, the climate is mild and smog free. Antique shops, gift stores, and other services round out the offerings of the very charming Main Street business district. The pleasant rural community of Templeton has retained much of its historical character. The town is surrounded by rich agricultural land, hilly ranges with clusters of oak trees with a heavy production of almonds, cherries, apples, and grains. Templeton is one of three unincorporated areas in San Luis Obispo County that has land available for development. Home to many horse ranches; team ropings and prestigious horse shows are held each year. CalTrans, The Gas Co., SBC, the California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff have located their regional headquarters in Templeton. Businesses currently in Templeton include everything from real estate to tack shops, veterinarians to orthopedic surgeons.
Unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County